Local prep soccer players join forces

Soccer players from Marcus HS, ESD, Jesuit, and St. Mark’s were recently crowned the U-17 champions as members of Solar Chelsea ’95.

The top 200 US Youth Soccer boys and girls teams from the 12 state associations that make up US Youth Soccer Region III participated in the Region III Championships in Greenville, South Carolina from June 15—21.

After surviving the “group of death” in the preliminary matches and the defending national champions in the quarter-final match, Solar Chelsea ’95 was crowned the U-17 age bracket champions in the Region III US Youth Soccer Championships. 

Dante DiCiolli received the Golden Gloves award due to his outstanding performance during the tournament.

The Solar Chelsea ’95 team is comprised of players who also play for local high school power-house teams: Marcus HS, Jesuit, St. Mark’s, ESD, McKinney Boyd, Allen, Lovejoy, and Coppell.

The team will advance to the third and final stage of the quest for the National Championship in Rock Hill,  South Carolina, from July 25—29.

Pictured: First Row-Standing: Coach Nick Stavrou; Zach Duran (Lovejoy HS); DeShawon Nembhard (St. Mark’s HS); Taylor Curtis-Wheeler (ESD); Drake Lovelady (Coppell HS); Dante DiCiolli (Coppell HS); Daniel Hansen (Allen HS); Tanner Davis (Jesuit HS); Victor Villarreal (Marcus HS); Casey Eaton (Sachse HS);  Austin Broyles (Coppell HS); Second Row-Kneeling: Chris Mathis (Jesuit HS); Zach Stavrou (Jesuit HS); Kareem Itani (St. Mark’s HS); Alex Totilo (Marcus HS); Benny Broadway (McKinney Boyd HS); and Spencer Soles (Creekview HS).

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